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Fact Check: Video of Kerala Goes Viral As Huge Crowd Gathered in Haridwar to Watch Pathaan


A video showing one shopping mall with a packed crowd is widely shared on social media, claiming that a large group of people gathered in Haridwar to watch Shah Rukh Khan’s movie Pathaan.

The video is shared with a text: Haridwar uttrakhand #pathan 🔥🔥ka craze 🔥🔥🔥#pathan #bollywoodstyle #bollywoodmovies #bollywood #pathanmovie #PathanDekhegaHindustan

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

The same video had been circulated by multiple media groups in July 2022, including  The Hindustan Times, with a title: Viral: Stampede-like scenes during Midnight Sale in Kochi; Internet bewildered.

The Video description reads: 50% discount desperation on display in Kerala’s Kochi. Thousands throng one of India’s largest malls in Kochi. Desperate customers jostled to rush in as the stores were being opened. At one of the stores, people were heard cheering as shutters were being rolled up for a mega sale. The huge crowd of shoppers were gushing out like flood water leading to a stampede-like situation. The madness has left the internet bewildered.

News 18 Kerala also uploaded the same video on July 9, 2022, with a title: Lulu Midnight Sale | Huge crowd at midnight sale in Thiruvananthapuram Lulu Mall.

Similar reports were also published by India Today and NDTV. NDTV reported that thousands of shoppers gathered at the mall to avail of a special 50 per cent discount at a midnight sale.

Hence, it is clear that the viral video is old and shared with a false claim.

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